Nebraska Developmental Education Consortium

Explore the website for opportunities for interaction and sharing expertise, and new directions. 

About the Consortium

We are a group of teachers from Nebraska community colleges who invite other developmental English and math faculty and instructional support staff to build this state-wide community that shares resources and energizes one another. Please explore the website & attend the conference. To contribute a resource or idea, email us:


From Our Blog

Practical Strategies for Supporting the English Language Learner

November 14, 2016

The first class I ever taught was a developmental English class. I didn’t do a very good job with it. I was a first-semester graduate student in my early 20s, filled with big ideas about philosophy and literary theory, and those topics probably made it into my class inappropriately from time to time. My training—a…

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Keeping it Real: Readings for Developmental English

September 19, 2016

On August 19th, a handful of developmental English instructors at SCC sat around a table and talked books. One was Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Another was Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. We discussed possible assignments and topics for class discussion in our developmental classes if…

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On Patricia Lear’s “Pomodoro Technique” (With Regards to Francesco Cirillo)

August 15, 2016

I was confused by what a “Pomodoro,” an Italian word for “tomato,” could possibly have to do with writing. In my third of five residencies at the University of Nebraska Omaha MFA in Writing program, I attended a lecture by Patricia Lear, a fiction mentor and author of Stardust, 7-Eleven, Route 57, A&W, and So Forth. Her…

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